2017: 9 games. 4 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1 sack
2018: 13 games. 27 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 FF, 1 pass break up
2019: 12 games. 50 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 6.5 sacks
2020: 4 games. 16 tackles, 4 TFL, 2 sacks
Accolades. 2019 Second Team All-Big Ten, 2020 Second Team All-Big Ten
History. Three-star recruit from Providence, RI. Prepped at Bishop Hendricken High School, where he was the 2016 Gatorade Player of the Year (RI), and both Parade and Under Armour All-American. Also a member of the track and field team, where he competed in the 4×100 relay, and was the State Champion in the long jump. Paye was born in a refugee camp in Guinea, after his mother escaped civil war torn Liberia.
Strengths. Great size, muscular frame. Strong at the point of attack. Explosive athlete, specifically short burst. Converts speed to power. Quick, active, and strong hands. Great motor, always looking for work. Team captain. Humble kid, as he came from one of the toughest situations I’ve ever heard of among prospects.
Weaknesses. Still a very raw prospect. Decent production, but still left wanting more. Average eyes, lacks natural instincts. Doesn’t have a ton of natural bend. Beating tackles around the edge isn’t going to be his calling card in the NFL. Versatility may be an issue.
Overview. A short area quickness speed to power strong side left end in a 4-3 base, that can be moved inside on passing situations. Paye plays with a chip on his shoulder and has great character. He is incredibly active and has strong hands, and is stout against the run. He should contribute instantly, and be a building block of a defense.
Evaluation based on. Penn St. 19′, Penn St. 20′, Minnesota 20′,
Draft Projection: Late 1st Round
Draft Grade: 6.28
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